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scramble
13 hours ago

Probably more like 3.5 stars- lovely scenery but not mind blowing in terms of the destination (the oasis). Low-moderate difficultly- Not too many large changes in elevation. A nice outing though.

hiking
20 hours ago

Hiked Painted Canyon and the Ladders Trail yesterday. The road signs say 4WD vehicles only, but we drove two 2WD vehicles (one small sedan and a mini van). The road was soft and sandy in a few spots, but we had no problem driving to the trail head. There were other 2WD cars parked at the trail head as well.

The ladders were all in excellent shape. Just one ladder had one broken rung. Thank you volunteer trails workers.

Really nice hike with spectacular views of the canyon and little niches for meditation. I didn’t finish because I started too late in the day and it was getting dark, but I made it 4.3 miles round trip, so I probably was close. I hiked solo so I wasn’t planning on scrambling with the chain. Definitely would do it again and complete it.

hiking
1 day ago

Go early. Its a popular trail & it becomes too trafficked-especially when the park is in full swing

We are planning on going on MLK day and would like to know the condition of canyon Rd. Especially with the rain fall we received for the past few days. We planning on taking a 2WD. Thanks.

This was the scariest thing I've ever done. I'm proud of myself for doing it because I'm terrified of heights but I won't ever do it again. We were appalled at the people hiking to the top with small children. Yes, it's beautiful but it's also dangerous. Be safe.

1/11/19 Incredible hike and views. Ice is present on the wiggles and from the first set of chains. It is possible to get past first set of chains without clamp one but would not recommend. very easy to slip.

Went up on New Years Eve, it had snowed about an inch the night before and everything was absolutely beautiful. The shuttle was running and we caught the second or third one out at 8:20. There were about 40 people hiking the switchbacks around us, but that number dropped to about 20 when we hit the chains because of the snow.

I would NOT go past the first short stretch of chain without micro spikes. Several portions were extremely slick, and the couple hiking ahead of us without spikes made me nervous. About 90% of people we saw that day had spikes on. Well worth the $20.

Took us almost exactly three hours total, from hopping off the shuttle to getting back to the stop. It was starting to get crowded as we came back down, which would have added a lot more time waiting for the narrow parts to clear up before passing.

hiking
7 days ago

Honestly it was a really great hike I went on Sunday and there was a light traffic of people, however it was still extremely enjoyable. I’ll admit I actually got off the path a few times, so I had to use this apps map to help me get back on course. Going down to the actual palm trees was a challenge, but it was worth it. There are many beautiful scenarios along the way so I recommend doing this hike.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was incredible. We had 4 wheel drive and had no problem getting down painted canyon road. All of the ladders we encountered were metal and pretty sturdy, except for the occasional broken rung. Definitely worth the climb for the amazing views.

One of, if not the most spectacular hikes I've ever experienced! Amazing view of the canyon and a thrilling trail that towers above the river below!

Was on the trail yesterday and the road is in excellent condition. If you stay on the main road and don't go off onto the sandy off shoots on the road you will not need a 4 wheel drive. The trail is in excellent condition however none of the ladders are bolted down any longer so you may want to have fellow hikers hold the ladder steady as you ascend or descend. The ladder at mile 2 which is the last one before you emerge up from the lower canyon is in bad shape. One of the middle rungs has broken through and ladder is swaying sideways from metal fatigue. I suspect this will need to be replaced very soon other wise you will have to turn back as there is no way to circumnavigate this area. Once you emerge out of the canyon and descend into the lower wider canyon there are lots of flowers and great views of the massive canyon walls. On the last 2 down climb ladders the last ladder is in poor condition. The last 2 rungs are blown out and most of the other rungs look like they could go anytime. Proceed with caution on that one! other than that the trail is amazing and in good condition. Highly recommend!

this place fuckin sucks dick

Prolly the hardest I’ve done thus far. I got winded and had to stop a couple times. And the last mile and half was kinda scary considering holding on to dear life and it’s very heavily trafficked.

5 stars for the actual trail, 3 stars for the crowds. Did this around Christmas 2018 (no crampons here, as it was about 50 F!) and despite the shutdown, the park was packed, and this trail was probably the most populated. It is, without doubt, a singular trail in terms of beauty and terrain- there are few others trails that offer the same experience as this one (Kauai’s Napali Coast comes to mind). It is well-maintained and offers truly breathtaking views of the canyon, some of the best being before you even reach the iconic summit on the (extensive) switchbacks, and all of this in a accessible and manageable 5 miles out-and-back with readily available facilities nearby. The price, of course, is that you won’t find much privacy or serenity along the trail, as it will almost certainly be packed with fellow hikers (see aforementioned accessibility). This is probably most apparent at the beginning of the chained sections, where you’ll find yourself waiting in line as group passes in the other direction- we routinely found ourselves stationary for 5-10 minutes at a time. As long as you expect this going in, though, this is a worthy investment; you don’t do this hike for the peace and quiet, you do it for the view and the rush of climbing that spine. Zion offers plenty of serenity and solitude within a 5-10 minute, and I definitely recommend exploring so of the lesser-known areas of the park (Cockeye Falls!) after finishing with this beautiful trail.

Super trail . But go realy early

Did this trail 12/29/18 - has amazing views at the top and on the way up, light snow dusting the red rock was exceptionally beautiful. Trail is well marked and has a gradual climb up switchbacks until you get to the chains. Icy conditions on the rocks made holding tightly to the chain a necessity, make sure you have a good grip and wear gloves to avoid raw hands. We didn't have any traction devices but they are highly recommended for secure footing. Be cautious if hiking in winter conditions and enjoy the expansive view at the top down the river

Beautiful and unique hike. We are a four person family with two college age kids and it was fun for all. Slightly challenging in some parts but worth it for the views. Makes you feel like you are an explorer!

Hike was very nice !!!

hey john, box canyon is still closed and you will definitely need 4WD for painted canyon road (some parts are soft sand)

Beautiful view

The road to the trail was closed today.

hiking
16 days ago

A lovely hike but very steep small section to get into the oasis. We returned via the Mastadon loop, and there were lovely flowers and many hummingbirds. However the very end to rerun to Cottonwood Springs parking is confusing as the area was closed after flooding.

One of the best places in the US to visit

John, we will be there in two weeks with a rental car. Like you, hoping to hear of road conditions on Painted Canyon Road. Please update if you decide to go. Thanks!

Great walk, lots of variety, ups and downs. It;s a bit of a clamber down the canyon at the end, but not too bad. We took our 7 and 9 yo and did the whole thing in about 4 hours. Definitely worth the hike. Views of the salton see on the way

This was amazing. It was incredibly hot though, so you'll want to make sure to bring a ton of water. Make sure to go with someone who won't wimp out on you though. I came to Zion National Park to hike this trail, and my partner wimped out right before the end. You'll want to go all the way to the top. The view is incredible. This trail is very crowded, so make sure you are prepared to step out of people's way as they come down or up because you will not be able to pass each other unless you let them by first. Be very careful though, many have died from the fall. Hold onto the chain and you'll be fine. (Also make sure to check the weather, if it is going to thunderstorm, consider doing observation point or a different hike instead as this hike has metal poles and chains that could very easily electrocute you in the case of a storm.)
MAKE SURE YOU SEE THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE IT IS INCREDIBLE.

Beautiful hike.

El viaje fue muy increíble y este lugar es encantador, el blanco de la sal es tan bonito, es un buen lugar para fotos, lo recomiendo mucho.

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